arm·​rest | \ ˈärm-ˌrest How to pronounce armrest (audio) \

Definition of armrest

: a support for the arm

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Now please let the captain shut the airplane doors, Before some idiot boards and tries to bully me off my armrest. Claire Friedman, The New Yorker, "Prayers of the Summer Traveller," 30 Aug. 2019 Instead of a seat designed to waterboard your sciatic nerve, a reclining sleep pod and your own armrests. John Kelly, Washington Post, "If it’s Monday, this must be Luxembourg: Notes from my recent trip," 30 June 2019 The feet pushed down the armrests and turned them into footrests. Christopher Muther,, "No one — and I mean no one — wants to see your bare feet on a plane. Ever.," 6 Aug. 2019 As Tyrion speaks, Bran looks down at the armrest of his wheelchair. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The weirdest parts of the “Game of Thrones” finale script," 1 Aug. 2019 The same graphic is embossed on the rear armrest, while the headrests have SpaceShipTwo's outline stitched into them. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Range Rover Astronaut Edition Is Only for Virgin Galactic's Commercial Astronauts," 9 May 2019 Those can absorb some energy from objects and surfaces around the seat that might impact it in a crash (think of, say, a door panel or armrest in a side impact). Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz's Car Seat Prototype Will Make Children Safer," 21 May 2019 Like the seats, the armrests are staggered in height—the front half is a few inches higher than the back. Alex Davies, WIRED, "This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable," 10 July 2019 Rodney Small is just 4-years-old, but the precocious little one is already versed on plane etiquette and knows no one should have their feet up on another passenger’s armrest. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Adorable 4-Year-Old Gathers Plane Passenger Who Put Her 'Stinky Feet' On His Armrest," 7 June 2019

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of armrest

: the part of a seat in a car, an airplane, etc., that supports your arm

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